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US health officials have said that more than 200 people are being tracked in 27 US states due to the possibility of them contracting a rare infection with the “monkeypox” virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fears that people who were with the man on his flight to Atlanta, Georgia, from Lagos, Nigeria on July 9, before he boarded a flight to Dallas, may also have contracted the virus.
A spokesman for the CDC said they are “collaborating with state and local health departments to monitor individuals who may have been exposed to monkeypox virus,” adding: “The risk to the general public is believed to be low.”
He stressed that he did not believe that any of the 200 people who are monitoring them pose a “high risk”.
The man was taken to hospital after he developed symptoms and his condition is stable. So far, no infection with the virus has been recorded or new cases found.
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease in the same family as smallpox, but is much less severe.
The disease spreads in remote parts of Central and West African countries, near tropical rainforests.
Most cases of the virus are mild, sometimes similar to chickenpox, and go away on their own within a few weeks.
Monkeypox can sometimes be more severe, with 1 in 100 cases fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Although rare, the disease has been discovered in the United States before, and in 2003 caused 47 confirmed or probable infections, and was linked to mice that were transferred to the country.
Source: “Newsweek” + BBC